The UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Demonstration Garden features five distinctive garden areas to demonstrate environmentally sound garden practices It is located at 7620 SR 471 in Bushnell, FL, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
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Edible and Herb Garden
The Edible Garden and Herb Garden showcase a trial of garden vegetables and fruits and culinary herbs. Throughout the year you may find not only the typical garden vegetables, but also find unusual vegetables. You will also find muscadine grapes, and a dwarf mulberry tree.
The Trial Garden provides visitors an opportunity to see a variety of landscape plants that may be successful in in their Sumter County gardens. Plants are maintained following sound environmental practices and pruning methods. The Trial Garden is transitioning each year to incorporate new plants and consider principles and elements of design. Look for Texas Sage, Black Diamond Crape Myrtle, Vitex, a multitude of Salvias and much more.
Native Plant Garden
The Native Plant Garden encourages visitors to incorporate native plants and wildflowers in their garden. There are many Florida native plants which will be successful in residential landscapes. Watch for transitions in the native plant garden so you can observe the utilization of mass plant and their care for use in your landscape.
Blue, Orange and White Garden
The Blue, Orange and White Garden displays the colors of University of Florida Gators! Are you a Gator or just like blue and orange for their complementary colors, then try out Orange Lion’s Tail, Blue Daze. Blue Plumbago, Orange flowering bird of paradise, and more!
The 35-MPH garden demonstrates the maintenance of a commercial landscape following sound environmental practices. Plants that will work well in commercial landscapes and yours are maintained to retain a natural appearance rather than a tightly manicured planting. Red Loropetalum are hand clipped; Crape Myrtles do not experience “crape murder."